why are we so afraid of color?
i was lucky enough to spend a little over a week in Cartagena recently. the first day, strolling around the old city, my eyes were wide and all i could see was colorful, adorable building after colorful, adorable building. by the third day, i started seeing the people and the details in the streets, which led me to wonder, why are we afraid of color? after a few short days, the colors didn't seem strange to me, each building had its own identity and that felt normal.
all of the colors seemed to match and none of it seemed loud or over the top; they were just proud and individualistic. sounds pretty perfect, right?
street art was everywhere, always delivered in a positive and tasteful way.
so, what's their secret and how do i apply this?? what makes this work is that they are bold and they don't go overboard. they pick two colors and go for it and then pair these colors with a neutral wood, or black + white. i absolutely love it.
extremely chromatic option A vs. tonal, white option B. the white acts as the fun accent on the colorful facade and allows a calm spot for your eye to rest.
not only did i love this restaurant, Don Juan, but it was the only commercial building i saw that didn't have a bit of bright color on it... this summarizes my style for the last twelve months, so i loved the facade, but i am feeling a change coming on.